Just found this on the Spacing (Wire)... Sounds like a fantastic idea! TTC to reconnect station to its landscape The TTC has hired noted Toronto landscape architects Brown + Storey to help re-configure Victoria Park station and re-connect it to the ravine landscape bordering the station. A story about the project in the National Post includes some interesting thoughts on the relationship between landscape and engineering, along with information about the areaâ€™s history. The project will also create better connections between the various buildings, parks and travel routes that exist around the station without, at the moment, really connecting to it: The public spaces around Victoria Park station â€” described by Mr. Brown as â€œmushroom spacesâ€ â€” are dark and poorly designed. The station â€œgets a lot of public use at all hours and there hasnâ€™t been a lot of consideration given to the way it connects with the surrounding community,â€ he says. â€œYou have a ravine that runs through the area which is both historic and central to the topography of Toronto and you have the infrastructure of the subway system itself,â€ he comments. â€œWhat we want is an improvement between the Victoria station, housing, the parks, the way these areas are lit, safe walkways, proper building frontages, a redesign of bus stations and a more clearly defined relationship between all of these elements.â€ Itâ€™s an important initiative. Many parts of Toronto suffer from this lack of connection between buildings, parks, travel routes and public destinations within a local area. It shows just how important public spaces are to binding a neighbourhood together, and how much they have been neglected in development and city planning. It is one of the biggest discouragements to walking as a form of travel â€” the ways of getting where one might want to go are neither convenient nor pleasant. Now, if only the same overhaul could be done across the whole city â€¦ but at least itâ€™s a start.